[Blueboard] Kritika Kultura Lecture Series presents Daniel F. Doeppers

Department of English [LS] english.soh at ateneo.edu
Mon Jan 23 13:48:07 PHT 2017

Kritika Kultura, the international refereed journal of language, literary,
and cultural studies of the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila
University will host a lecture by Daniel F. Doeppers titled “Feeding Manila
in Peace and War, 1850-1945,” on Jan. 26, 2017, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m., at
Escaler Hall, Ateneo de Manila University. This event is co-organized by
the Ateneo de Manila University Press. The lecture is open to the public.

Doeppers’s abstract reads: “Megacities loom large in any account of the
planet's human population, and also in thoughtful assessments of the
growing difficulties of feeding, providing potable water, and effective
disease prevention to slum populations. Yet research on these subjects in
Southeast Asian megacities in general and Manila in particular, has lagged.
The book *Feeding Manila in Peace and War, 1850-1945* (Ateneo de Manila
University Press, 2016), seeks to open up and bring attention to this
subject—collectively the operation of the city's provisioning system
developed over numerous generations. It demonstrates the dynamic range and
magnitude of provisionment and that much of this was internal to the
country—internal while the more noticed portions of the economy involved
exporting commodities according to the commercial demand of more developed
countries. Each segment of the food supply system had its own peculiarities
and challenges—for example the problems of coping with a rice supply
irregularly reduced by droughts and lethal epizootic diseases (notably
rinderpest). Further, major provincial commitments to food production for
the city often involved massive environmental alterations such as the
removal of millions of nipa palms for the dramatic expansion of fish ponds.
And finally, the provisioning system also centrally involved livelihood
(trabajo) for enormous numbers of individuals and families in the
participating provinces and in the megacity itself. The several provinces
created and sustained the city by feedingit while demand from the city
altered provincial economies.”

Dr. Daniel F. Doeppers, emeritus professor at the University of Wisconsin,
began what has become a lifetime scholarly research engagement with the
Philippines in the late 1960s. Initially concerned to compare provincial
cities, he proceeded to develop a deep interest in the social and economic
processes that have shaped the dynamic society and geography of
metropolitan Manila over the last 150 years. One of the critical megacities
of Southeast Asia, Manila became a rewarding choice. In three books and and
a number of essays, Doeppers has explored these themes in an economic and
social dissection of the city and its inhabitants over several
generations. This work culminates in his new book *Feeding Manila in Peace
and War, 1850-1945* (Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2016).

Kritika Kultura is acknowledged by a host of Asian and Asian American
Studies libraries and scholarly networks, and indexed in the MLA
International Bibliography, Thomson Reuters (ISI), Scopus, EBSCO, and the
Directory of Open Access Journals.

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